Island Arts Centre celebrates its 10th anniversary

CELEBRATING 10 fantastic years on June 4, 2011, the Island Centre is a meeting place for over 90,000 exceptional patrons to experience each other and the world; where risk and adventure are celebrated and friendships are made.

To mark its anniversary year the Island has launched a brand new programme, with a host of shows and events for all ages.

On February 4 the Island will be presenting an exclusive showing of Adolf, a clever but dark and gritty portrayal of Hitler without the histrionics.

Equally hard hitting is the quietly devastating theatrical investigation Lockerbie: Unfinished Business is staged on Friday February 25. Utterly, essential theatre, award-winning performer David Benson presents powerful theatrical investigation that explores the Lockerbie tragedy from the point of view of a grieving parent.

A Time to Speak on Saturday April 16 is compulsory theatre telling the remarkable story of endurance during the Holocaust of Helen Lewis.

Classical theatre will also be staged, including 'After Miss Julie', Shakespeare's Othello and Ibsen's study of hidden passions and family secrets remains as dramatically alive as ever in Frank McGuinness' vital new version of Ghosts.

C21 Theatre Company will be lightening the mood in March when they stage 'Not a Game for Boys', a razor sharp comedy that investigates the male psyche at its competitive worst, played out in a small hall on a back street of Belfast.

Standing ovations will be guaranteed in Singin` I`m No A Billy, He`s A Tim on Friday April 8. This hilarious yet potent award winning comedy, which shows that you're no different to anyone else, despite your colours has been the most successful theatre show in Scotland for the past 3 years.

Musical treats this season include blues artist Ronnie Greer, Byron and the Bourke Worms, The Alex Mathias Quartet, the Grainne Duffy Band, Maria Tecce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, pianist Young Choon Park, the Studio Symphony Orchestra and Celtic cult band Tir na nOg,

Children will also be catered for with a host of fantastic family theatre, including The Elves And The Shoemaker, The Emperors New Clothes and Mousetale Puppets' production of Oscar and the Quest for the Underground Princess.

As always, the Island Arts Centre offers a vast array of classes and workshops for young and old alike, featuring many established favourites as well as a number of new artistic activities.

For further information log onto www.islandartscentre.com.

Maria Tecce, who will be performing in the Island Arts Centre next year.